Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Musical Surgery: Conclusion



As we look back on my path of destruction, I'd like to remind you that this entire feature exists solely on a hypothetical plane. None of the advice or suggestions will ever matter in the grand scheme of things. I'm sure if the artists in question saw my amended lists, they'd say "How dare this sniveling blog-jockey suggest he understand my artistic decisions more than the artist himself!" They'd be right to feel that way, even if it isn't the case. I know that every album (worth its salt) is carefully conceived, developed and sequenced, taking into account conceptual factors that I am not privy to. I also don't claim to write off any of the featured albums because of my personal belief that they're a bit overlong.

This isn't about skipping tracks, either, because I rarely ever do that (even those I chose to omit in this feature). This is all just critical analysis, simple as that. Again, it's why hypotheticals are such a wonderful thing. They allow for these sorts of exercises without consequence. I'm not going to delete the struck-down tracks from my iTunes library, and burn updated versions of the CDs in question. I tried to take as objective an approach as I could, but I concede that such a thing isn't really possible. But alas, I thought it sounded like a fun challenge, and it proved to be just that.

It bears mentioning that not all long albums require trimming. Wilco's Being There, Sun Kil Moon's April, the Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin: All examples of long(ish) albums that I wouldn't dream of changing. There are plenty more.

So thanks for keeping up with this month's The Deeper In feature. As always, feel free to submit your own choices for overlong LPs. Meanwhile, I'll be listening to the new Arcade Fire album which, yes, is pretty damned long.

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